84 F. high in the Twin Cities Friday.
76 F. average high on June 6.
58 F. high on June 6, 2013.
Trace of rain at MSP International Airport yesterday.
June 6, 1939: Grapefruit-sized hail fell in Rock County killing hundreds of farm animals near Hills.
.27" rain predicted this morning (NAM model).
.80" additional rain Sunday night into Monday.
Remember a time when weekends meant errands, yard work, naps and downtime? I don't either. Today many of us are checking e-mails, texts and work demands around the clock. We're on call, even if it's on a Sunday, the (alleged) "day of rest". Right.
Sadly, weather doesn't take the weekend off - in fact meteorologists are even more hyper-sensitive to gyrations in the weather on Saturdays and Sundays, since more of us are outside, more vulnerable to the elements. More weather-aware.
"Will it rain between 6 and 8 PM?" my wife barked into the phone yesterday. "I'm putting stucco on today, what time will it rain in Minnetonka?" a friend just texted. "If it pours I'm going to track you down!"
Stand in line.
Note to self: one good radar app on your phone can save a lot of time and aggravation. We're all armchair meteorologists now.
A sloppy cool front keeps rain showers in the forecast thru midday; skies may dry out late in the day but temperatures hold in the 60s. A D+ day weatherwise, I fear. Sunday looks better with blue sky and 70s, a better day to troll The Edina Art Fair.
Showers Monday gives way to a drier sky and warming temperatures next week. The approach of a hot front sparks more late-week storms; sultry 90F readings are possible by next Sunday.
Animation credit above: "Animation of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean." Credit: NOAA.
TODAY: Cool, gray and showery. Winds: N 10-15. High: 65
SATURDAY NIGHT: Slow clearing, cooler. Low: 51
SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, much better. Winds: NE 8. High: 75
MONDAY: More clouds, passing shower or two. Wake-up: 56. High: 77
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, warming up. Wake-up: 59. High: 82
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, PM T-storms. Wake-up: 62. High: near 80
THURSDAY: Sunny, breezy and less humid. Wake-up: 58. High: 79
FRIDAY: Unsettled. Another round of storms possible. Wake-up: 60. High: 83
Image credit: NOAA GFDL.
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